US warns woyanne new law could curtail aid – ADDIS ABABA (AFP)

January 9th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

The United States, Ethiopia’s main donor, warned Friday that a new law adopted by Addis Ababa restricting foreign-funded aid groups may curtail its assistance. (more…)

The United States, Ethiopia’s main donor, warned Friday that a new law adopted by Addis Ababa restricting foreign-funded aid groups may curtail its assistance.

Under the new law, any group that draws more than 10 percent of its funding from abroad will be classified as foreign, and thus banned from working on issues related to ethnicity, gender, children’s rights and conflict resolution. “We recognise the importance of effective oversight of civil society organisations… However we are concerned this law may restrict US government assistance to Ethiopia,” a State Department statement said.

Despite criticism, Ethiopia’s parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed the bill, which the government argues is solely to safeguard citizens’ rights.

Georgette Gagnon, the Africa director for the New York-based Human Rights Watch, said the law is a “repression, not regulation.”

“If enforced, this law will make Ethiopia one of the most inhospitable places in the world for both Ethiopian and international human rights groups,” she said in a statement.

The Horn of Africa nation, a key ally in Washington’s “War on Terror” against Islamist extremists, received more than 900 million dollars in aid from the US in 2008.

Ethiopia, a poverty-stricken country of 77 million, is among the world’s chief aid recipients.

  1. Nardose
    | #1

    Woyane should alignated from the rest of Ethiopians.

    Death to Woyanes.

  2. Yitayew
    | #2

    ALEQA AYASATA. YAMIGEBAW YENESU QUWANQWUA NEW.
    “SAYDEGS AYTALAM”

  3. Girum
    | #3

    Ethiopia: chief aid receipient!!

    Are you ashamed yet? I know I’m .What are we waiting for my people? What’s wrong with us? Think !think!! my people.

  4. redsealion
    | #4

    more than 65% of the national budget is obtained from foreign aid and look what the woyane gang is doing.a beggar can not dictate
    the way he gets alms from the good samaritans.
    down with woyane mafia group, down with ethnic
    discrimination. long live a united ethiopia.

  5. Aba Jaffar Aba Gobbu
    | #5

    State Department is the god father of the bloody woyane murderers.

    Ethiopians should not support from the USA.

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